The engineering marvel Oresund Bridge has made it at ease than ever before to travel between two countries that are separated by water. The Øresund was designed by the Danish engineering firm COWI and the main architect was George K.S. Rotne. This exclusive passageway attaches the cities of Copenhagen, Denmark with Malmö, Sweden, doing so in two ways: a splendid cable-stayed bridge runs 5 miles to an artificial island, where it then transitions into a tunnel that encompasses an extra two and a half miles. A beautiful motorway occupies the upper level while the railway line runs below. The majestically beautiful man-made island that attaches bridge and tunnel is called “Peberholm”, and it’s had an unexpectedly positive impact for the local flora and fauna. Species have been allowable to freely develop, and it’s since become a haven for biologists as a prevalent breeding ground for birds in addition to a habitat for the rare green toad. The responsibility of operating the bridge falls on both countries, and its neighboring states help keep the structure running. Drivers must pay a toll to cross the Oresund, but the cost seems worth it. By having such like a bridge, a region of more than 3.7 million people is meet the expense of the freedom to live in one country but work in another. About 2/3 of the people travelling across the Oresund go by train with the journey between Copenhagen and Malmö taking nearly 35 minutes.
Friday, 11 September 2015
The iconic Icelhotel in Sweden has massive elephant in the room all set to launched in December 2015. The Lapland Ice hotel new design has been announced. Big and better than ever before, visitors will be able to stay a night in one of 19 individually themed rooms in “Jukkasjärvi”, sharing a room with a life-sized elephant, a Russian imperial-inspired theatre set or even an icicle cave. The winter wonderland is constructed every year in December and lasts until its melts away in March. Therefore, every year talented sculptures and artists hires to create a magical hotel. This year to construct the Ice hotel is not an easy feat, with more than 5,000 tonnes of natural ice being harvested from Sweden’s national river Torne.
The skillful natural gifted artists to have an input in the creative designs and received over 130 submissions to choose from. Aptly named “Elephant in the Room” by sculptor AnnaSofia Mååg, was one of the selected designs. Her new creative design will feature a three-meters-tall African elephant overlooking the ice framed bed. Moreover, between the beautiful suites there will also be a 1970's inspired Love Capsule, and an imperial Russian-inspired theatre set called Labyrinth Saga bring to life a forest of Gothic-like ice pillars, cocooning the suite and transforming it into an intimate ice cave. Therefore, in addition to the exclusively-designed rooms, the Icehotel will have two luxury suites with secured glass doors while the others have curtain doors, an en-suite bathroom and private sauna.
The total vast accommodation boasts 55 rooms, with the equivalent of 700 million snowballs used to form its walls, ceiling and decorations. No attention to detail is spared with the furnishings, with the chandeliers alone made from 1,000 hand cut ice crystals. The option of northern lights wake-up can be arranged for those wanting to witness the Aurora, and a spa is on site for relaxing afterwards. The Ice hotel is all set to open its ice-cold doors to the public on December 11.
Monday, 30 March 2015
Sitting like a crown, atop a flat bluff in Skåne, Sweden are the Ales Stenar, a beautiful ancient formation of standing stones erected in the shape of a boat. However, there’s no one know why the stone design was shaped but according to some legends, this was the resting place of a mythic king. The Ales Stenar (Ales Stones) was placed on their Swedish cliff just 1,400 years ago, though they stand over a burial site that has been dated to 5,500 years old. There’re 59 tall boulders in the formation which is made in the shape of a long-ship, and was perhaps symbolic of a craft that would ferry the dead to their eternal fate. Moreover underneath the boat-stones researchers have revealed the remains of an even more ancient burial chamber, sans human remains, confirming their theories as to the funerary purpose behind the ship formation, yet just who was to be buried there remains a mystery. Source: Charismatic Planet
In 1989, during the first archaeological excavations performed in order to technically investigate and date the monument, archaeologists bring into being a decorated clay pot with burned human bones inside the ship setting. The bones are thought to come from a pyre and to have been placed in the pot at a later date. In 2006, archaeologists used magnetic sensors and radar to map the area's underground terrain and found a larger circular structure about 541 feet in diameter, with a 65-foot by 25-foot rectangle at its heart.
Legend says The King Ale a figure from Swedish myth, is buried under the Henge, though there does not seem to be a great deal on the site to confirm this. Therefore it is that a lesser-known viking chieftain was buried, or meant to be buried in the spot and the stones were erected to honor his eternal memory. Whoever the Ales Stenar were originally meant to honor, they stand now as an inspiring and attractive site that make it easy to see why someone would want to be buried there.
Friday, 7 November 2014
In Sweden there’s unused runway at Arlanda airport stands a decommissioned 747-200 jetliner. This gigantic air has served plentiful airline companies around the world; the airplane was towed into the tarmac in 2008 for final time. The plane wasn’t refueled and no ground staff checked the tire pressure. In its place, it was well placed on a concrete foundation and the landing gear was secured in two steel cradles, for the 747 was to serve the rest of its life as a hotel. Therefore; Jumbo Hostel can be reached by a 15 minute walk from the main terminal or via a five-minute shuttle bus.
The hotel is well equipped with a budget dormitory, a couple of twin and three-bed combo rooms with shared shower and toilet and an extravagance suite in the converted cockpit that provide a lovely panoramic view of the airport. When it was decided to build the hotel and accommodate all the beds, the plane was stripped down to its shell. All the seats were removed and the plane was sanitized completely.
The hostel was built similar to any building, subjected to the matching demands on climate control and insulation, following to all common energy standards. Some elements of aviation were kept undamaged still, for example, the signs next to sinks advising users to wipe down the surfaces for the next passenger and warning notices around emergency exit hatches. In the flight deck, the pilot's original controls, now inoperable, adds fascination to the cockpit suite. Though plane all rooms have a flat screen television where visitors can lookout the times of departure for all flights.
All over the jetliner visitors have easy access to wireless broadband. All rooms, though, share a shower and toilet in the corridor, excluding cockpit suite and a single individual room which features their own. Moreover on the upstairs, the first class cabin has been beautifully converted into a funky 24-hour café. The owner of Jumbo Hostel’s Oscar Dios is next plan is to put in glass shelter over the wings for boarders to sit out there and be relaxed. Sooner or later, each engine will also house a capsule-style double bedroom. Therefore if your itinerary calls for an overnight stay at Stockholm before the next flight, Jumbo Stay is an excellent choice without any doubt.